Ensembles

Ensembles

Marching Band

The Lobo Marching Band is a great source of pride for both Little Elm High School and the community.  Little Elm ISD and Little Elm High School has enjoyed a high reputation for excellence in music performance, including marching band, for many years. The marching band is the most visible aspect of the band program. The marching band provides performance opportunities for band students while integrating the band program into school and community activities.  Over 200 members strong, the Lobo Band performs at all LEHS varsity football games, LEHS Homecoming Parade and the Little Elm Christmas Parade.

As an integral part of the band program, it is our philosophy that educationally, historically and musically, marching band is an essential ingredient in a well- rounded music education program. We believe that music students need to develop the ability to participate and perform in different ensemble experiences, which, for band students, includes marching band. As a result, marching band is required for all high school students who elect to take an academic band performance course. Philosophy regarding all aspects of high school band stems from TEA/UIL guidelines which govern all Texas schools.

As an artistic endeavor, each rehearsal and performance by the marching band is mentally and physically demanding. For the full marching band performance, students are always on task and must bring to the experience their best performance skills. As a result, each student in the marching band is eligible to receive a physical education substitution credit (max 1 credit) in accordance with TEA guidelines.

The Lobo Band is directed by Laura Sturch, Clay Singletary,  Matt Neal and Kristen Zotti. 

Wind Ensemble

Prerequisite: Audition by Director

The Wind Ensemble is the highest performing ensemble in the band program. The ensemble is made up of the most musically and technically advanced students. The band will perform upper-level high school and college band literature. Most of the fall semester is focused on marching band music and All-Region preparations. The spring semester centers on solos, ensembles and concert music.  Membership is selective and determined through auditions in the Spring.

  • Performance of marching music by memory
  • Participation in marching band
  • Preparation of All-Region music during the fall
  • Audition for All-Region Band (Required)
  • Participation in UIL Solo/Ensemble (Required)
  • Participation in private lessons is strongly encouraged
  • Dedication of significant personal practice time to improve musical skills
  • Attendance at all sectional rehearsals and/or full band rehearsals (including after school)
  • Participation in all performances, including UIL and approved travel
  • Maintain academic eligibility
  • Students may be moved to a lower concert band if they do not meet the requirements of this ensemble

Symphonic Winds

Prerequisite: Audition by Director

The Symphonic Winds is the second performing ensemble in the band program. This band is made up of students with above average musical and technical skills. Most of the fall semester is focused on marching band music and All-Region preparations. The spring semester centers on solos, ensembles and concert music. Music performed by students in this ensemble is meant to increase the student’s reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.

  • Performance of marching music by memory
  • Participation in marching band
  • Preparation of All-Region music during the fall
  • Audition for All-Region Band is not required, but strongly encouraged
  • Participation in UIL Solo/Ensemble is highly encouraged
  • Participation in private lessons is strongly encouraged
  • Participation in all performances, including UIL and approved travel
  • Attendance at sectional rehearsals and/or full band rehearsals (including after school)
  • Maintain academic eligibility
  • Students may be moved to a lower concert band if they do not meet the requirements of this ensemble

Symphonic Band

Prerequisite: Audition by Director

The Symphonic Band is the third performing ensemble within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Symphonic Band offers the opportunity for continued development at an intermediate level. The Symphonic Band will perform with members of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at football games, parades, and marching events. Performances will be given throughout the year at school and UIL events. Attendance at out-of-school rehearsals and performances is required.  Music performed by students in this ensemble is meant to increase the student’s reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.

  • Performance of marching music by memory
  • Participation in marching band
  • Participation in Solo/Ensemble is not required, but highly encouraged if enrolled in private lessons
  • Participation in private lessons is strongly encouraged
  • Participation in all performances, including UIL and approved travel
  • Maintain academic eligibility
  • Students may be moved to a lower concert band if they do not meet the requirements of this ensemble

Concert Band

Prerequisite: Audition by Director

The Concert Band is the fourth performing ensemble within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Concert Band offers the opportunity for continued development at a remedial level. The Concert Band will perform with members of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band at football games, parades, and marching events. Performances will be given throughout the year at school events. Attendance at out-of-school rehearsals and performances is required.  Music performed by students in this ensemble is meant to increase the student’s reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.

  • Performance of marching music by memory
  • Participation in marching band
  • Participation in private lessons is encouraged
  • Participation in all performances, including UIL and approved travel
  • Maintain academic eligibility
  • Students may be removed if they do not meet the requirements of this ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Band at Little Elm High School is one of the most popular organizations within the band department. Jazz Band is open to all current members of the LEHS Band only (with possibly exception of bass, piano and guitar).  Membership is selective and is an audition based class.  Jazz Band meets 90 minutes every other day during 5th period.  

The conductor of the Jazz Ensemble is Mr. Kevin Swaim. Mr. Swaim is a professional trumpet player who performs in several jazz groups around the DFW metroplex. Mr. Swaim has performed with the One O’Clock Lab Band while at UNT and has several recordings with UNT as both a performer and composer.

The Jazz Band performs frequently throughout the year, including select jazz festivals and competitions.  The goal of the Jazz Ensemble is to expose LEHS band students to the medium of jazz, the various styles in jazz literature, as well as the art of improvisation.

Color Guard

2019 Scholastic Open Results:
WGI World Championships – 6th Place
NTCA Championships – 1st Place
WGI Denton Super Regional – 3rd Place
WGI Austin Regional – 3rd Place
NTCA – Summit HS – 2nd Place
WGI Dallas Regional – 5th Place
NTCA – Coppell HS – 2nd Place

Membership

Membership in these ensembles is determined by the following various factors: auditions (Fall & Spring), *academic grades (as they pertain to UIL participation), overall work ethic and participation from the previous semester/year.  Audition scores are based on scales, etudes, and sight-reading.  Directors will determine the material for auditions and post at least two weeks before auditions occur.

Requirements per ensemble

Each director will set the requirements for their respective classes, depending on the ability level of the class and the objectives for the semester.  ALL band students are required to attend all rehearsals and performances of the ensembles in which they are involved.  Failure to attend a performance, without prior notice and/or approval, could result in the loss of performing with the group, a failing summative grade, and/or the possibility of being removed from the ensemble.  Daily participation will count toward a formative grade each week, as do the required sectional/masterclass.  The number of grades given per quarter will be determined by the director, following LEHS grading guidelines.